RULES OF THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE YOUTH WORLD CUP
The American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is an educational, leadership-based event where youth from every country have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during the week by competing in a variety of classes.
Youth members from around the world compete in each of 8 classes over a ten day period. The culmination of the event is a showcasing of skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It is a unique opportunity for youth to learn in a “hands-on” setting with other international youth.
RULES AND INFORMATION
1. Competitors must be 18 or under as of January 1, 2019. For show purposes, the age of an individual on January 1 of the current year shall be maintained throughout the year. Competitors must be members in good standing of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association at the time of the event.
2. A team will consist of minimum two riders and a maximum of five members and one team manager and/or coach. The team manager/coach must assume responsibility as chaperone for their team and will be housed with the team. In addition, a Team may bring up to five additional youth to serve in a Leadership role. These additional members may not ride their Team’s horses, unless they are declared a reserve and are required.
3. Each country shall govern its system for team qualification; however youth must qualify over a two-year time period.
4. Competitors from the host country may not ride a horse he or she has previously ridden in 2020.
5. Every Coach/Manager is required to complete and sign the Coach’s Agreement. Each Coach/Manager is responsible for their Team’s adherence to all timetables, safe practice sessions and agrees to ensure all horses are treated humanely. Each coach will be notified by the YWC Oversight Committee of any violations and penalty.
6. Competitors will use horses they have never owned or shown in the last three years. Horses will be grouped according to their ability. The groups of horses, along with their show record information will be assembled by the Youth World Cup Oversight Committee. This is to ensure each team is provided with horses of equivalent caliber.
7. Each team will draw a group of horses before practice begins. Each team will have a minimum of three days to practice prior to the first show. Horses used in reining and cutting will provided the day of competition. Show schedule will be determined by the host country.
8. Each horse must be shown in at least one class excluding cutting and reining horses. At the discretion of show management and based on number of horses available, limits may be established as to how many times a horse may be exhibited.
9. No adult or professional trainer may ride the horses at any time during the duration of the event or the practice period before the shows. Exception: Sparkling Wine Horsemanship.
10. In circumstances where a horse in a group may become lame or unable to be used, another horse may be substituted for the team. Substitute horses will be chosen by the Youth World Cup Advisory Committee made up of representatives from each country.
RULES OF THE COMPETITION
11. The competition will consist of two “shows.” An exhibitor riding a horse in the first show is not required to compete on the same horse in the second show.
12. The following classes will be held over two days:
SHOWMANSHIP AT HALTER
HUNTER UNDER SADDLE
HUNT SEAT EQUITATION
REINING will be conducted on a separate day
CUTTING will be conducted on a separate day
13. Three* members from each team may compete in Showmanship, Hunter under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation and Western Horsemanship.
14. Two* members from each team may compete in Ranch Riding, Trail, Reining and Cutting.
The host country may provide five horses per team, along with one reining and one cutting horse, and the class entries adjusted accordingly if horses are in limited supply.
* The number of exhibitors may change depending on availability of horses.
15. Combined scores from the two shows will determine the final YWC team standing.
JUDGING OF THE EVENT
16. One judge per show will be used. The two judges’ combined scores will determine the overall placings.
17. In instances where class procedures vary between countries, the pattern or procedure used for the class will be at the judge’s discretion.
18. A tiebreaker judge will be drawn before the first show for each class. The procedure used to break ties for team standings will be as follows:
A) the team with the most first place wins;
B) the team with the most second place wins; and, finally;
C) if the first two procedures do not break the tie, both teams will be declared tied for first place.
19. Rules regarding legal equipment and attire will be as outlined in the 2020 AQHA Official Handbook. Any exceptions to rulebook must be approved by the Youth World Cup Advisory Committee and show management.
20. The 2020 International Youth World Cup shall be managed by the staff of DQHA. Any protests or grievances shall be filed with the persons above, then taken to the Youth World Cup Oversight Committee and their decision shall be final.
21. Competitors, owners, coaches and all other participants must agree to accept the facility and grounds, including, but not limited to, the arena, stalls and alleyway, where the event is to be conducted on an “as is” basis. They must agree to be solely responsible for property damage or personal injury caused by third parties or themselves, to the competitors, owners, coaches and their property. They must further agree to indemnify and hold the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) harmless for any and all such liability, whenever and however arising, not caused by AQHA’s own negligence or that of AQHA agents, representatives or employees.
22. The host country will secure two approved judges for the event.
CONDUCT GOVERNING COMPETITORS
24. Any participant whose action or behavior is found by the management of the event to constitute misconduct shall be automatically suspended from further participation in the event and forfeit all awards earned.
25. Misconduct means that conduct unbecoming to the dignity of AQHYA and the International Youth World Cup or conduct in contradiction of the objectives and purposes of AQHYA as set forth in Article 1, Section 2(d) of its Constitution: “…to encourage high moral character, sportsmanship and clean living among all its members.”
CLASS RULES FOR SHOWMANSHIP, HORSEMANSHIP, EQUITATION, RANCH RIDING, HUNTER UNDER SADDLE, TRAIL, CUTTING, AND REINING WILL BE AS OUTLINED IN THE YOUTH ACTIVITIES SECTION OF THE 2020 AQHA OFFICIAL HANDBOOK.